Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets did not close out the Miami Heat in their first round series in the 2016 NBA Playoffs and are now in trouble of getting eliminated as the series shifts back to Miami for Game 7 set on Sunday.
Jeremy Lin shot just 1-of-8 from the field and had his worst game this series after being one of the leaders of the squad in helping the team win three straight games from Games 3 to 5. Miami won the road game, 97-90 and now has a chance to close out the series at home.
Kemba Walker top scored with 37 points on 14-of-30 shooting but had little help from his teammates. The Heat showed a more balanced offense with all of Miami’s starters scoring in double figures led by Dwyane Wade, who had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Luol Deng, who continued to have a great series vs. the Hornets in scoring 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting.
Disappearing for the Hornets was Jeremy Lin, who hit 6-of-6 from the free throw line but struggled from the field and had 3 turnovers and 5 fouls. Lin had 18 and 21 points in Games 3 and 4 and had a great overall game of 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in Game 5 but was non-existent in the crucial Game 6.
The Hornets-Heat series ends on Sunday with the winner of this series facing the winner of the Indiana Pacers and Torontro Raptors series, which wil also have their Game 7 on Sunday.
Jeremy Lin and the Hornets got one away at home in Game 6 but they still have a chance of making the next round if they can deliver the upset on the road on Sunday.